So you're not sure what the big deal is about Amazon, Wal-Mart and Target drastically cutting the price of books? You think: Hey, $9 for The Lost Symbol is a lot better than what I'd pay for it at my local independent store. (Actually, paying $9 for The Lost Symbol is still too much, but that's another story.)
This blog offers a simple explanation of why it's a bad thing for independents and readers. Thanks to Connie May Fowler for spotting it first.